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Gannet Colonies on the island of Noss, National Nature Reserve
Noss - Shetland © VisitScotland/Paul Tomkins

Noss Day Sail

From £85 per adult

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May — June

A superb, hands-on, day sail on our traditional wooden sailing boat to Noss, a National Nature Reserve renowned as one of Europe’s finest wildlife sites.

Trip Duration: 1 day, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Dates available: Sunday 8th May & Tuesday 28th June

Board & Disembark: Lerwick, Shetland

Boarding the Swan at 9.30am, your day will begin with a comprehensive safety briefing including how to work the lines on deck and set the sails. We will then put this into practice, enjoying getting hands-on with the sailing as you round Bressay to visit Noss, one of the jewels in Shetland’s crown.

You will be well entertained during your trip by taking an active role in sailing the Swan, including hauling on ropes, taking a turn on the helm, and keeping a lookout, as well as spotting all the wildlife on offer.

We may anchor in a sheltered spot to enjoy a well earned lunch of soup and sandwiches, or eat under sail, and will top off your fantastic sailing experience with the breath taking seabird colony at Noss, one of Europe's finest wildlife sites.

Included in voyage

  • Sailing instruction
  • Lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits.
  • Life jacket and safety line.
  • There are basic waterproofs onboard, however you may feel more comfortable in your own wet weather gear.

To book please e-mail us on

Please note: You may need to board and/or disembark the Swan via a vertical pier ladder. Ensure you wear sensible footwear, with good grips, and warm clothing, and don't forget your binoculars and camera to catch all the wildlife on offer.

Lerwick Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Small Group (1-16)
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Tour prices


  • £85 Per Adult
  • £45 Per child
  • £65 Concession


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The Swan Trust

When you come aboard the Swan you are embarking on a 'hands on' adventure. Play an active role in sailing and working the ship, build friendships with your crew mates, develop new skills and take in stunning scenery. Sailing trips range from 1 to 11 days and no previous sailing experience is required. Private charter also available by request.

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